Reasons Small Practices Aren’t Implementing an EHR

Posted on November 13, 2008 I Written By

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I’m sad that I didn’t see this list until now. Mike Gleason provides an interesting list of reasons why small practices aren’t implementing an EHR as fast as we’d like them to implement. Here’s his list of 10 reasons:

War Stories
No one wants to go first
Product not perfected yet
Waiting on Govt mandates
Waiting on hospital install or Stark gift
I have people for that

A really great list. Mike also discusses each of these points. As time permits I’d love to take some of his points and write some comments on each.

More important for this post, I wondered what other reasons might be missing from this list. Here’s a few others that I came up with:

I’m retiring soon
I don’t like computers (similar to “Computers Scare Me”)
Commitment problems (can’t decide on which EHR system)

Those last couple sound a lot like why many people don’t get married. Pretty interesting since I’ve compared implementing an EMR to marriage multiple times. Any other reasons for not implementing an EMR that we’ve missed?